Dubai's JW Marriott Marquis T2 the tallest in 2013

355m tower one of the 10 UAE buildings to reach over 200m in 2013

General Manager Rupprecht Queitsch and architect Ashok Korgaonkar receive the official Guinness World Record certificate
General Manager Rupprecht Queitsch and architect Ashok Korgaonkar receive the official Guinness World Record certificate

Dubai’s 355m JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Tower 2 was the tallest building constructed in the world in 2013, with the UAE introducing 10 buildings over 200m in 2013, second only to China.

In fact, the UAE was home to four of the 10 tallest towers to open in the world in 2013, with the 328m Al Yaqoub Tower in Dubai, the 324m The Landmark in Abu Dhabi and the 307m Cayan Tower in Dubai.

2013 was the second-most successful year for the completion of buildings 200m or more in height, with a total of 73 such structures completed, second only to the 81 in 2011.

The UAE was a dominant player in completion of 200m plus towers in 2013, with the number rising from five to 10, second only to China, with Dubai and Abu Dhabi completing five 200m-plus buildings each.

Dubai has been in the top five cities for tall-building completion since 2008 when it was number one, a feat it repeated in 2010. Abu Dhabi has only once jumped Dubai's rank, reaching number three in 2011 with Dubai rated five.

In 2014, the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) predicts that between 65 and 90 buildings of 200m or more will complete.

"This year will no doubt be an exciting one, and a year of continued growth,” stated the report.

Up to 13 of the scheduled completions in 2014 will be supertalls. Twisting towers will continue to be popular and the Spine Tower in Istanbul, Turkey will be among the most high profile.

The council has also completed a study of tall building trends from 2014 to 2020.

It predicts that Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower will remain the tallest on its completion until the next decade with Burj Khalifa in second place.

But the study also states that there will be a number of new buildings in the 600m plus range meaning a new term “megatall” will have to be coined.

In December 2012, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai was officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest hotel.

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